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migration from notes to exchange

We're looking to migrate from Domino to Exchange.  The problem is that we have a few databases in Notes that people are so bent on using.  Any ideas how to start converting those databases?

Thanks!
Scott
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Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
Domino --> Exchange? Decision's been made yet? *sigh*

To convert a Notes database means 1) to convert the design, and 2) to convert the data. Usually, the latter is pretty easy. The first is more or less a complete redevelopment in some other RDBMS (Oracle, whatever). You won't allowe them to continue to use the Domino server?

Please read
    http://www.keysolutions.com/NotesFAQ/terry.html
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Steve KnightIT ConsultancyCommented:
Useful link noted.... have had to have this argument many a time, they nearly always end up keeping both running or going back to Notes in the end :-)

Steve
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marilyngCommented:
Agreed, the biggest problem with database conversion is what to do with the rich text fields.. and is the biggest problem when you deal with data conversion.  Usually Access or the smaller, cheaper RDBMS can't handle the rich text field size, or text field size, so you end up exporting the rich text to a document, xml, PDF, Word, etc.  Then file attachments are a joy, too.

Notes does a lot of stuff that other database engines cannot do easily, or can only do with workaround.
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scottman29Author Commented:
yeah, we are pretty entrenched with lotus here, and I don't really want to switch to Exchange.  That link really supports not doing that so thanks!
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Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
I read another sory somewhere but I lost the link. It's about the noise made around the two products. They said that you need 10 times more people to maintain an Exchange site than a Notes site of equal size, hence there are 10 times more people talking about Exchange.

Can someone get me that link?? Was it Ed Brill's??
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